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HLAA Executive Director, Barbara Kelley, to Join Ida Institute Advisory Board

NARUEM, DENMARK – The Ida Institute has announced the appointment of Barbara Kelley, Executive Director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, made up of distinguished experts in hearing health and related disciplines, provides counsel and support for the Ida Institute’s strategic planning and helps to disseminate…

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Valencell Launches Calibration-Free Blood Pressure Sensor System for Hearables and Wearables

Valencell today announced the availability of the world’s first calibration-free blood pressure (BP) sensor system for integration in hearables and wearables. Valencell will provide the BP sensor system as a core technology to medical device and consumer electronics manufacturers for inclusion in their products. Embedded in an earbud reference design, the technology has demonstrated BP…

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Phonak Unveils Virto Black at CES 2020: Fully-Connected Hearing Aid Shaped like a Hearable

STAFA, SWITZERLAND & LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Leading hearing health care brand Phonak is attempting to challenge perceptions of hearing aids at CES 2020 this week with the world premiere of Phonak Virto Black, what the company describes as a “fully-connected in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid that combines the company’s popular Marvel hearing technology with the…

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New Research on Cochlear Hair Cell Development May Offer Clues for Future Hearing Loss Treatment

PORTLAND, OREGON — New research reveals a key insight into the development of cochlear hair cell bundles, found within the inner ear. Hair bundles are precisely arranged cellular structures deep within the spiral cavity of the inner ear. Together, they convert vibrational energy into electrical signals in the brain that translate into the sensation of…

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American Girl Debuts 2020 Girl of the Year; First Doll With Hearing Loss

MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN — American Girl, the inspiring world of dolls, content and experiences, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT), unveiled today its 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick.™  According to the announcement, Joss — a fierce athlete born with hearing loss and a passion for surfing and competitive cheer — joins American Girl’s lineup…

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Sensorion Receives $6.2M in Funding to Support SENS-401 Phase 2 Study in Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — French biotech firm Sensorion has announced that the French government has awarded the PATRIOT consortium a Structuring Research and Development Project for Competitiveness (“Projet de recherche et développement Structurant pour la Compétitivité” – PSPC) non-dilutive funding. The grant will be used to finance the development of SENS-401 in SSNHL, including work by Institut Pasteur to…

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Danish University Opens World’s First Center for Ear-EEG

AARHUS, DENMARK — Aarhus University (AU) has just received DKK 20 million (~$2.9M USD) for a new research center focusing on a unique method of measuring electrical activity in the brain. The method is known as ear-EEG (ear-ElectroEncephaloGraphy) and it measures extremely small voltage changes on the surface of the skin inside the ear caused by electrical…

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Researchers Explore Why Candidates for Cochlear Implants Rarely Get Them

Researchers from the Universities of Miami and Michigan surveyed U.S. audiologists from academic centers, hospitals and large cochlear implant centers, asking how they preoperatively assess adults for cochlear implant candidacy. Based on the 92 completed surveys analyzed for the study, the findings were “eye opening,” according to the paper’s lead author, Sandra Prentiss, Ph.D., CCC-A,…

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